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JUNE 2018 news

Air Forces - Aerospace and Defense Industry


Airbus and BAAINBw sign operator agreement for Heron TP UAS

Airbus and the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) have signed an operator agreement for Heron TP unmanned aerial systems (UAS) after parliamentary approval was granted on 13 June 2018.

Lebanon receives final four A-29 Super Tucano aircraft from US

The United States has delivered the last four A-29 Super Tucano aircraft to the Lebanese army, the U.S. Embassy in Lebanon said Wednesday, June 13, 2018.

TsAGI completes preliminary studies on new light convertible aircraft

Specialists of the Russiaen Professor N.Ye.Zhukovsky Aerohydrodynamic Central Institute (TsAGI) continue to investigate a model of a light convertible aircraft, the Institute’s press service reports.

US Air Force completes Kongsberg's Joint Strike Missile test phase

A team of U.S. Air Force engineers, test pilots, and Norwegian government and industry personnel recently completed a large phase of testing for the Joint Strike Missile, the USAF 412th Test Wing Public Affairs said on June 15, 2018.

Raytheon to provide F-35 next generation DAS system

Lockheed Martin selected Raytheon to develop and deliver the next generation Distributed Aperture System (DAS) for the F-35 fighter jet. The result of a Lockheed Martin-led competition, the selection will enhance capability and reduce cost, the US-based defense giant announced on June 13, 2018.

UAE orders new Functionality for its GlobalEye AEW&C aircraft fleet

Saab has received an order from the United Arab Emirates for additional functionality for the advanced airborne early warning & control (AEW&C) solution GlobalEye. The order value is approximately SEK 345 million (USD 39,15 million).  The UAE placed its first order for GlobalEye in November 2015. GlobalEye combines air, maritime and ground surveillance in one swing-role solution. It features a full suite of sophisticated sensors including the powerful new extended range radar (Erieye ER).

Russia upgrading An-72 airlifters for Artic operations

The Russian Defense Ministry contracted the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) to upgrade An-72 airlifters for Arctic operations. The aircraft has the engines above the wing which allows it to take off and land with a cargo of several tons. The ministry wants to have the takeoff weight, the range and payload increased, the Izvestia daily writes.

French Air Force A400M airlifter concludes aerial refuelling test campaign with Rafale

The French Air Force A400M strategic airlifter successfully concluded an aerial refuelling test campaign with the Rafale fighter jet, the French Defense Procurement Agency (DGA), stated on June 8, 2018.

SES and Northrop upgrading RJAF AH-1F/S Cobra attack helicopters

As the average age of aircraft inventories rises, military services worldwide are increasingly embracing the cost-effective solution of modernizing existing platforms as an alternative to purchasing brand new aircraft. A recent example of this trend is the upgrade of AH-1F/S Cobra attack helicopters used by the Royal Jordanian Air Force. The upgraded helicopter has entered flight testing in Huntsville, Alabama, Northrop Grumman announced on June 7, 2018.

Russian Air Force expects 3 Il-76MD-90A upgraded airlifters for 2018

Russia’s military transport aviation is planning to receive three Ilyushin Il-76MD-90A planes and one upgraded An-124 Ruslan (NATO reporting name: Condor) aircraft this year, Military Transport Aviation Deputy Commander and Chief Engineer Mikhail Kozlov said.

Bridger Aerospace selected to provide US Interior Department with unmanned service support

Bridger Aerospace is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a contract by the US Department of Interior ("DOI") to supply unmanned service support for wild land fire management on a "call when needed" basis.  The five-year IDIQ contract, which is the first of its kind awarded by DOI, will allow DOI to deploy contractor-operated and maintained small unmanned air systems that are ready when needed to support wildland fire operations, search and rescue, emergency management and other resource missions in the Continental United States and Alaska.

Lockheed Martin to develop hypersonic missile for USAF

The U.S. Air Force awarded Lockheed Martin a $928 million contract April 18 to develop a new missile that will travel more than five times faster than the speed of sound to overcome enemy defenses.

UK first four F-35B fighter jets come home to RAF Marham

The United Kingdom yesterday welcomed home its first four F-35B advanced fighter aircraft, which will be flown by the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy. With the aid of air-to-air refueling, the aircraft flew non-stop across the Atlantic from the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station in Beaufort, South Carolina where UK pilots have been undergoing intensive training on the aircraft in partnership with their USMC counterparts.

KRET presents export-oriented N025E mast-mounted radar

Russia`s Radio-Electronic Technologies Concern (KRET, a subsidiary of Rostec) unveiled the N025E (E for export-oriented) mast-mounted radar for the Mil Mi-28N/NE (NATO reporting name: Havoc-B) combat helicopters during the HeliRussia 2018 show in Moscow.

Greenlight for EDA's future military airworthiness database

The European Defence Agency’s (EDA) Steering Board has given its green light to the development of a European Military Airworthiness Platform for Safety Information Exchange (EMAP SIX), the service press office said on June 5th. This central database will enable participating Member States operating the same aircraft types to exchange airworthiness related safety information with relevant stakeholders on a need to know basis and in a secure environment.

Leonardo's BriteCloud decoy family extended to transport aircraft

At the Electronic Warfare Europe 2018 conference (5-7 June in Lausanne, Switzerland), Leonardo has unveiled the latest variant in its market-leading ‘BriteCloud’ missile decoy family, the BriteCloud 55-T. The new 55-T is able to protect large military transport aircraft such as Leonardo’s C27-J and third party platforms including the C-130, KC-390 and A400M from modern, radar-guided missiles.

Afghan Air Force C-208 successfully completes first emergency combat airdrop

Afghan Air Force C-208 aircrew members conducted their first emergency combat airdrop mission bringing ammunition to Afghan National Police and citizens fighting the Taliban in Badakshan province, June 1, 2018. The success of this emergency combat airdrop proves the Afghan Air Force’s ability to respond quickly to emergent requests and deliver necessary supplies to support the Afghan National Army, police, and citizens as they combat the Taliban.

US Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk returns to Misawa AB

The U.S. Air Force deployed a squadron of RQ-4 Global Hawks, June 1, 2018, intra-theater to Misawa Air Base, Japan from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, in order to maintain theater-wide Global Hawk operations through the Summer and Fall, the Pacific Air Forces Public Affairs said on June 4.

Ukrainian Air Force receives another Su-24MR combat aircraft

Mykolayiv Aircraft Repair Plant "NARP", a subsidiary of UkrOboronProm, transferred another repaired reconnaissance aircraft Su-24MR to Ukrainian Air Force ahead of the schedule, the company's press office said on June 5th.

RAF Marham runway resurfaced ahead of F-35 arrival

Preparations for the arrival of the UK’s new F-35 multi-role combat aircraft have taken a major step forward with the completion of resurfacing work on the secondary runway at RAF Marham. This took place with little to no impact on operational activity, the UK Defence Ministry announced today, June 4.

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